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Cynthia A. Willerth, children’s author, publisher

May 18, 1936 – Dec. 10, 2015

Cynthia Anne Willerth, a children’s and young adult author and small-press publisher, died Thursday in her Lancaster home. She was 79.

Born in Jamestown, the former Cynthia Anne Miller grew up in Lakewood and was a 1954 graduate of Southwestern High School. She attended Buffalo State Teachers College, where she majored in art education.

A partner with her daughter in Smatterings Books, a publisher in Lancaster, she wrote short stories for children’s magazines and produced more than 20 Christmas variety shows for Sumner Love-Joy Methodist Church. She also wrote the first two books in the “Knife of Truth” young adult series and was planning two more at the time of her death. She also edited newsletters and was secretary of Northside Writers Group.

The mother of four and a former Cheektowaga resident, Mrs. Willerth was a Cub Scout leader in Cheektowaga for 30 years and presented nature and history slide shows for Scouts and the Alden United Methodist Women’s Spring Fling.

She was a member of the former Alden United Methodist Church, which honored her in 2014. After it closed, she joined Alden Presbyterian Church earlier this year. She was a member of the church’s Women’s Afternoon Group and Bible study group.

Her husband of 50 years, William C., died in 2008.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruth; and a son, Edward.

A memorial service was held Monday in Alden Presbyterian Church, 13298 Broadway, Alden.

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